Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

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Daffodil Festival at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 August 2016

The Gardens will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. There will be many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted daffodils for sale along with Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or our bulb growing workshop.


Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal

10-11 & 17-18 September 2016

Every year in September, the village of Rydal celebrates the arrival of Spring by opening local gardens and village attractions to the public. Thousands of daffodils are blooming!

Gardens are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. A $10 entry fee covers all gardens.

Download the 2016 Daffodils at Rydal brochure for more information.

Garden Festival Hazelbrook & Woodford Blue Mountains

Hazelbrook-Woodford Garden Festival

17-18 & 24-25 September 2016

The annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival takes place over two weekends in September. Gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on each of those weekends. Entry $5 each garden visit or all 5 for $20. Children under 16 free.

Watatah Festival Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild about Waratahs Festival, Mt Tomah

Saturday 24 September - Monday 3 October 2016

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah for the Wild About Waratahs Festival. The festival features the waratah bloom competition, guided garden tours, visits to a waratah farm open day, a botanical illustration exhibition and workshop, and more.

More information available by phoning 02-4567-3000.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

1-9 October 2016

The Leura Gardens Festival this year invites you to join us in experiencing the magic of spring in the beautiful Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

The 2016 festival will feature 13 wonderful Leura gardens, including two new to the festival, several returning after a break and, of course, several lovely old favourites.

The 2017 Festival will run from 30 September - 8 October 2017.

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

8 & 9 October 2016

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Sat 22-Sun 23 October 2016

The Arts Trail is a free event featuring a collective of local artists who will open their studios to the public, allowing you to explore the rich arts culture the Blue Mountains has to offer. Visitors are encouraged to stroll from studio to studio on their way through the mountains to experience local art first-hand, meet the artists and purchase art from the source.

Carrington Hotel Katoomba Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Sat 29 October 2016

A family day at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba - Germand bands, dancing, authentic German cuisine, Lowenbrau on tap, souvenir steins.

Join the fun from 11am to 9pm. Admission free.

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

5 November 2016

The highlights of the festival include:

  • Grand Parade at 11.30am
  • Street stalls selling delicious food and drinks, jewellery, plants and much more, 8am-4pm
  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens open every day

Glenbrook Spring Festival

Sat 12 November 2016

Street markets, local art and craft, music. Join in the fun, food and entertainment. From 8.30am to 2.30pm with free entry. Telephone 02-4739-3447.


Mid Mountains Festival, Lawson

Sat 19 November 2016

A fun family day to celebrate and showcase local businesses. The festival features folk music, children's activities, the annual Beard and Mo Competition, art and craft exhibitions and workshops and much more. Free entry, 10am-4pm. Festival is held at the Lowden Lane Car Park and Mid Mountains Community Centre, Staples Crescent, Lawson.

Summer Harvest Festival

12 January - 28 February 2017

Get up to the Mountains for the Slow Food Blue Mountains' annual Summer Harvest Festival.

Many of the best Blue Mountains foodies and providores open their doors to let you experience cooking demonstrations, tastings, and workshops. Learn how to make German rye breads, chocolate desserts, Indian and vegetarian cuisine. Enjoy long lunches, degustation dinners, beer or wine tastings. Don't miss the famous Chooks Tour and Stroll to Providores tour.

Program coming soon.

Leura Shakespeare Festival

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

14-29 January 2017

Sport for Jove Theatre Company present an outdoor theatre festival at the Everglades Gardens in Leura. See productions of Julius Ceasar & Antony and Cleopatra in the beautiful setting of the Everglades Garden Theatre.

Wines of the West Festival, Katoomba

Wines of the West Festival - Katoomba

Sat 28 & Sun 29 January 2017

Enjoy wine tasting, cellar door sales, regional produce, entertainment and meet the makers of award-winning wines at the Wines of the West Festival in Katoomba at the Carrington Hotel.

Where: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba
When: 11am - 5pm
Cost: $12 per person

All that Jazz Festival Blue Mountains

Roaring 20s & All That Jazz Festival

February 2017

Join in the Blue Mountain's celebration of the the Roaring 20's. The festival features high teas, music, films, a Charleston Challenge, historical walks, fashion parades, concerts, Art Deco ball, garden tours, vintage sports and much more.

Check the festival website for all events at various venues throughout the mountains.

Ironfest 2017 - Lithgow

21-23 April 2017

Lithgow's Ironfest is 'an Arts Festival with a metal edge' - a celebration of working and playing with metal. Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers, musicians and historical re-enactors from all around the world! The festival is held at Lithgow Showground.

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Saturday, 24 June 2017

When your feet touch the platform at Katoomba Station you'll hear it. As you walk up the steps that lead to Katoomba Street you'll see and feel it. In a moment you're part of the Blue Mountains biggest annual event, the Winter Magic Festival. Sitting atop the ancient mountain ridges of a World Heritage National Park is the idyllic location of Australia's largest community festival.